Good fats vs. bad fats: Making right diet choices

DENVER — It would be nice if food always came with an easy to read label, but it doesn’t.

It can be difficult to tell whether you’re eating fat your body needs or fat your diet doesn’t need.  New studies show your body can be more likely to store bad fats rather than burn them off through exercise.

Researchers at the University of Texas found that a mechanism converts stored fat to burnable fat.

Eating a healthy diet and getting enough exercise gives your body a boost.

Registered dietician Marissa Moore explains, “Good fats actually help to keep your heart healthy, they keep your blood vessels healthy as well.”

You find good fat in nuts and seeds, avocados, and vegetable oils such as olive oil, canola and peanut oil. You can also find them in fatty fish like salmon.

Nutritionists say good fats should make up 20-30 percent of your diet.

The bad fats are almost always lurking in fried food, baked goods and many cookies and crackers. You should eat less than 10 percent of that type of fat.

Look on the label and go for the polyunsaturated fat.

Doctors say a great way to keep fat regulated is to eat food with lots of fiber and drink plenty of water.  It’s a formula for keeping your body healthy and turning into a fat burning machine.

For more information about avoiding bad fats, you can visit the American Heart Association website.


Related Stories